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One released from hospital in wake of Towson University shooting; police continuing to investigate

One of the three people injured in a shooting on Towson University’s campus early Saturday morning has been released from the hospital, police said Sunday, as officials continue to investigate the incident.

The other two victims — including one Towson student — remain in stable condition at the hospital, according to a news release from the Baltimore County Police Department.

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In a letter to the campus community Sunday, Towson University President Kim Schatzel said the school’s Office of Public Safety has increased foot patrols of the campus in the wake of the shooting. The office also plans to more closely monitor “any unsanctioned events on all parts of the campus and at any time throughout the day or night.”

“Trespassing is not welcome on our campus and violence has no place on it either,” Schatzel wrote.

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Police say a large outdoor gathering in the heart of Towson’s campus at Freedom Square, which wasn’t sanctioned by the university, preceded the shooting. On Saturday morning, as police investigated the scene, liquor and wine bottles were strewn about, alongside red disposable cups.

Videos posted to social media showed dozens of students dancing in a corridor beneath the university’s Lecture Hall as music played from a DJ booth.

“It’s estimated hundreds of people were in attendance when the shooting occurred,” according to the release.

Earlier that night, police had shut down a back-to-school college party at a venue called Cellar 2 in nearby Parkville over loud music and disorderly conduct. An event organizer said some attendees spoke about going to Freedom Square afterward.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident, including conducting interviews and reviewing video, according to the release. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 410-307-2020. Towson University is offering support services to those impacted by the incident through its Counseling Center, reachable by phone at 410-704-2512.

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